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Gang Member Shot, Found Dead At Durham Police Headquarters

Posted September 21, 2003 1:12 a.m. EDT

— Durham police are investigating the death of a gang member with a long criminal history who was shot and then taken in a minivan by a friend for help at Durham police headquarters.

Police said Devondre Peace, 25, received a fatal gunshot wound to the head Saturday afternoon in a neighborhood where discharging weapons and drug deals are routine.

A witness said the Mazda minivan drove over two curbs before the driver went running into the station.

"The driver jumped out and started yelling: `they shot my friend,'" said Don Tucker, who was walking nearby at the time.

Police said it was not immediately clear if Peace was alive when he arrived at police headquarters. He reportedly was shot in the 1000 block of Rosedale Avenue. No arrests had been made late Saturday.

In 1993, when he was 15, Peace killed a 19-year-old in a fight over a girl at a public housing complex, according to police.

He became one of Durham County's youngest defendants to be prosecuted for murder, but he pleaded guilty in 1995 to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for it and other charges but was released after serving three years.

Peace has faced several charges in the years after his release. He was shot in the stomach and wrist in June.

His mother was slain in 1991 at the same housing complex where Peace fatally shot the teenager.

"He's a Bloods gang member," said Sgt. Howard Alexander, head of the police gang unit. "He witnessed his mother being murdered. He'd seen a lot in his young life. It's tragic."